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Cynthia Ellen Gardner

Cynthia Ellen Gardner

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Guardianship, Trusts

About Me

While I was in law school, I had the opportunity to hire some young adults with developmental disabilities in the restaurant that I co-owned.  The experience changed my life and started me on a 20+ year career advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, especially in employment.


I think this experience helps me understand what my clients are going through when they are trying to plan for the future of their family member with a disability.     




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Trusts: 25%
  2. Guardianship: 25%
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
  4. Estate Planning: 25%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Barbara Erskine Futter

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. She is smart, throrough, caring and very conscientious. She is respected by lawyers and judges throughout the state.


    Barbara Futter Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Maurer & Gardner, PLLC

4525 Harding Road
Suite 200
Nashville, TN, 37205



OKAuthorized to practice law199410/14/2011

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Employer of the YearDale Rogers Training Center1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior Staff AttorneyDisability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee2002 - 2011


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Down Syndrome Association of Middle TennesseeBoard Member2013 - Present
Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with disabilitiesMember2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2011 - Present
Lawyers' Association for WomenN/A2011 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
STEP T.I.M.E. ConferenceUnraveling the Mystery of Conservatorships and Special Needs Trusts2011
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee Fired Up! ConferenceUnraveling the Mystery of Conservatorships & Special Needs Trusts2011